Dukes start 2024 strong with road victory over North York

Story by Brock Ormond

Photo: Well

A solid road effort put the Wellington Dukes back in the win column to start 2024.

A pair of Cory Jewitt markers got the Dukes rolling in the first and Wellington never pulled back from there in a 4-1 win over the North York Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

Jewitt beat Amir Valiullin on a drop pass for the game’s first goal, then got a tip on a long point shot on a powerplay halfway through the opening frame to give Wellington the multi-goal advantage.

Ryan Schaap picked up assists on both goals, then put the game away with a tally two minutes into the third period.

In between, Nick DiPaolo cashed in his seventh of the season on a quick strike off the right wing just 29 seconds into the second and Noah Tyrrell answered back on a man advantage with Jack Lisson’s lone blemish.

Dimitri Tzaferis drew a couple assists, with single helpers going to DiPaolo, Connor Loerzel, Zander Latreille and Justin Pare.

Lisson made 18 stops in a low shot affair, 25-19 in favour of the Dukes.

Wellington is now 25-15-0-2 on the season and will rest from game action for another week until a return home to face the Aurora Tigers at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday.